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Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations featuring NubaNour, Sian James and Gai Toms

Debuting in Wales, Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations is a music tour featuring traditional Nubian frame drummers NubaNour from Egypt alongside Welsh singer/harpist Siân James and singer/songwriter Gai Toms for what promises to be enchanting and engaging evening of music and poetry from Wales and Nubia.

The 1960s were an era of rapid social and technological change, which gave rise to an incredible legacy of music, art and cinema that still resound to modern times.  Political decisions and divisions from the same period also continue to shape the current age and in Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations, voices from two seemingly unconnected communities unite on stage to recall the fate of the village of Capel Celyn in North Wales, and that of the traditional Nubian Aswan homelands in Egypt.

The graffiti mural “Cofiwch Dryweryn”/“Remember Tryweryn” became a rallying call for Welsh nationalism during the 1960s after the village of Capel Celyn was drowned to make way for a reservoir for the City of Liverpool, despite widespread public outrage and opposition to the controversial bill from 35 out of 36 Welsh members of Parliament.

During the same period in Egypt, 120,000 Nubian people lost their villages and ancestral homelands when the Aswan High Dam resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest man-made reservoirs. Fifty years later, the environmental and social impacts of the High Dam are still felt amongst those who were displaced.

The Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations concert will feature solo sets by each of the participating artists along with a collaboration featuring contemporary folk songs about Tryweryn and the plight of the Nubian people in Egypt.

This project also offers  :-

  • Educational workshops delivered by NubaNour, supported with a comprehensive resources package designed specifically for the project by the WOMAD Foundation.
  • The release of the debut NubaNour album supported by full marketing and publicity services, including a cover version of The Manic Street Preachers song "Ready for Drowning"
  • A selection of specially commissioned images for display at venues either for publicity purposes or as a backdrop to the stage show.
  • A bi-lingual (Welsh and English) promo video featuring archive Pathe News coverage from the time of the Tryweryn dam construction, scenes from the flooding of the Upper Nile at Aswan, interviews with the artists and the rehearsals in Theatr Mwldan.
  • Comprehensive marketing packages.
  • A Questions and Answers forum led by Zakaria Ibrahim, Director of the El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music.

The project will go on tour throughout Wales and England in Spring 2014, 1-21 March.

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The creation of the Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations collaborative show is funded by Arts Council Wales.

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Cenhedloedd Dan Ddyfroedd/Dammed Nations featuring NubaNour, Sian James and Gai Toms
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